June 28, 2017

#TravelTuesday with #Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

St. Andrews Links – 'the Home of Golf'

SCOTLAND! 

Stunning scenery, a vibrant rich history and the charm of the locals make Scotland a much sought-after destination.

This wee little country has a mystical appeal, so it’s no surprise that its national animal is a unicorn. And don’t forget that it’s home to old Nessie and her counterpart Morag.

From the beguiling capitals of Edinburgh and Glasgow, to the legends, lochs, castles and Highland living, beauty and intrigue can be found around every bend in the road.

Loch Etive, one of Scotland's many magical lochs
Those who believe there is life beyond planet Earth should head to the small Scots town of Bonnybridge, which has become a global UFO hotspot. While we cannot promise you a face-to-face encounter with little green men, Bonnybridge has more than 300 sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects reported every year.

While Loch Ness is Scotland’s most famous loch (thanks to its elusive resident Nessy, aka the Loch Ness Monster), it is not actually the deepest loch in Scotland. Visitors should make their way to Loch Morar, which is 328 metres deep and is ranked the 17th deepest lake in the world. However, legend also has it that Loch Morar is home to Morag, which after Nessie is the most written about of Scotland's legendary monsters. A word of caution though: she is known to be a bit feisty and apparently prefers visitors to stay on the shores rather than in the water.

The capital's greatest landmark Edinburgh Castle
For visitors who would rather shy away from the supernatural and strange, there is still plenty to marvel at. Scotland is home to the world’s tallest hedge! Located near Meikleour on the Perth-Blairgowrie road, the hedge reaches over 518 metres in length and is over 30 metres high. And it boasts one of Europe’s oldest trees, Fortingall Yew. Located in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall in Perthshire, experts estimate the tree is anything between 2 000 and 9 000 years old.

Sports enthusiasts also have a lot to look forward to. Golf has been played in Scotland since the 15th century and the country holds the honour as the birthplace of the putting sport, with St Andrews Links considered to be the “home of golf”.

Whisky, possibly Scotland's most famous export
However famed the gentleman’s game of golf may be, it is football that the country holds dear. Originally banned by King James I in 1424, the order was duly reversed and Scotland became home to one of the most heated rivalries in world football – the Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic.

Scotland’s rivalry with England is long-documented, from William Wallace’s famed fight for Scottish independence to the lesser known Bishop of St Andrew's banning of the meat pie in 1490 – for being “too English”. Nevertheless, Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom (for now).

The Scottish Highlands

Inspired to visit Scotland? Trafalgar Tours and Sure Travel can take you there with this tour.


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